The 2016 Lexus LX 570 full-size, eight-seat SUV gets an extensive exterior freshening and continues to be Lexus’ most spacious vehicle. Lexus has changed nearly everything you can see and touch in its biggest SUV while keeping the engine and underpinnings the same. For car shoppers, that means this is essentially an all-new model, especially considering the modernization of the interior and technology. Lexus is respected name as a brand for quality; it is a definition of perfect vehicle and need and dream of customers.
Lexus LX 570 2016 off-road. Lexus LX 570 2016 Test Drive video:
The number portion of this Lexus’s badge—570—has to do with engine displacement, but the more significant numeral for this behemoth of the Lexus lineup is 6206. That’s the weight in pounds of this poshed-up Toyota Land Cruiser. And while that description sounds dismissive, the LX570’s posh is very posh indeed—and by far this big bopper’s strongest suit. Other elements of the driving experience—power, towing, dynamic behavior—are not so pleasing.
Although that’s 0.5 second slower to 60 mph than the 2008 test vehicle, it’s not exactly glacial. But it’s upstaged by pretty much everything in this class: The Cadillac Escalade hustles to 60 in just 5.6 seconds, the Lincoln Navigator in 6.2, and the Mercedes-Benz GL450 in 5.9. It’s worth noting that the Mercedes (renamed and updated as the GLS for 2017) achieved that sprint with 362 horsepower, thanks to weighing 601 pounds less than the Lexus. The Cadillac, the Lincoln, and the Infiniti QX80 (6.5 seconds to 60 mph) also all weigh less than the LX570. There’s a message here.
Its three tons assert themselves in every area of vehicle dynamics. None of these seven- and eight-passenger utes is a ballerina, but regardless of which operating mode one selects (there are four, including Sport) the LX operates at the ponderous end of the class’s narrow spectrum, a trait magnified by power steering with unnaturally high effort, even at parking-lot speeds. Low-speed steering effort is often light and overassisted in big SUVs, but not in this case. Let’s not confuse effort with tactility, which is pretty much absent here.
Beyond these abilities, the LX 570 does have a road presence, whether you like or loathe the looks. It’s also a unique driving experience with that blend of opulent luxury, smooth driveline, spongey on-road dynamics and true ruggedness.
It may be more expensive and less efficient than a top-flight LandCruiser diesel, but it’s less than an entry-spec Range Rover, and arguably as capable off-road.
They won’t sell many, but those that buy it will no doubt love it’s all-round abilities.
2016 Lexus LX 570 pricing and specifications:
Price: $140,500 (plus on-road costs)
Engine: 5.7-litre eight-cylinder petrol
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Fuel: 14.4L/100km (ADR Combined)
CO2: 334g/km (ADR Combined)
Safety Rating: Five-star ANCAP